MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 79
Based on 329 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Folk (6), Alternative Rock (5), World (4), Indie Rock (4), Indie Pop (3), Experimental (3), Singer-Songwriter (3), Soul (2), Rock (2), Indie Folk (2), Electronic (2), Hip Hop (2), Jazz (2), Alt-Country (1), Experimental Rock (1), Drone (1), Ambient (1), Chamber Pop (1), Progressive Metal (1), Garage Rock (1), Blues Rock (1)

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
94
16 reviews
USER SCORE
90



2. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
April 14, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84



3. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74



4. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
85



5. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
June 29, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
77
5 reviews
USER SCORE
73



6. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
60



7. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86



9. Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
September 29, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
69



10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
84



11. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73



12. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
June 9, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84



13. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
89
16 reviews
USER SCORE
87



14. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
September 8, 2009
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75



15. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78



16. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86



17. The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
January 26, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
76
5 reviews
USER SCORE
89



18. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
84
9 reviews
USER SCORE
86



19. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
May 26, 2009
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
85
8 reviews
USER SCORE
87



20. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



21. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84



22. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
85



23. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81



24. Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo
May 26, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



25. Alasdair Roberts - Spoils

Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
May 5, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



26. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



27. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula
September 14, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



28. Vetiver - Tight Knit

Vetiver - Tight Knit
February 17, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
5 reviews
USER SCORE
76



29. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81



30. Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort

Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort
March 24, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



31. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?
May 26, 2009
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
80
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



32. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
9 reviews
USER SCORE
85



34. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77



35. Portico Quartet - Isla

Portico Quartet - Isla
October 9, 2009
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
84



36. White Denim - Fits

White Denim - Fits
June 22, 2009
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
83



37. BLK JKS - After Robots

BLK JKS - After Robots
September 8, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



38. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82



39. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky

Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky
September 21, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75



40. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
January 20, 2009
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83



41. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
8 reviews
USER SCORE
84



42. Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley
January 27, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
55
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



43. Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
October 6, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
4 reviews
USER SCORE
86



44. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3
April 14, 2009
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



45. Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My

Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My
October 27, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
68
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



46. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze

The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze
September 1, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
4 reviews
USER SCORE
85



47. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
65
11 reviews
USER SCORE
69



48. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
February 10, 2009
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
78



49. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
87



50. Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir

Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir
January 6, 2009
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR




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